Officer material: Disabled woman rejected for IAS is a winner


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On July 4 afternoon national media reverberated with Ira Singhal’s success stories — the first physically challenged candidate to top Indian civil services examination.

 Singhal, who suffers from Scoliosis, a spine-related disorder that disrupts her arm movement, was projected as an inspiration for the thousands of those specially-abled aspirants who dream to overcome hurdles and create a niche for themselves.Around 28 years ago, another wheelchair-bound was barred from becoming an IAS officer. In the years to come, a ‘rejected’ Sruti Mohapatra went on to become a crusader for the differently-abled’s rights.